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TyTy Washington named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
TyTy Washington named 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

TyTy Washington of AZ Compass Prep (Chandler) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Arizona High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior helped the Dragons go 27-1 en route to the program's first GEICO Nationals invite.

Washington averaged 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds per contest to lead AZ Compass Prep to the No. 2 spot in this week's MaxPreps Top 25.

A leading candidate for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors, Washington put together a number of strong performances in big games, including averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest in three games at the Montverde Academy Invitational.

Regarded as the No. 30 prospect in the Class of 2021, Washington holds 34 college offers including Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
TyTy Washington in action against Prolific Prep during a February game.
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TyTy Washington in action against Prolific Prep during a February game.

High school basketball: OFFICIAL All-American Scoot Henderson set to skip senior year for NBA G League - OFFICIAL
High school basketball: MaxPreps All-American Scoot Henderson set to skip senior year for NBA G League
Five-star Class of 2022 high school basketball star Scoot Henderson of Kell (Marietta, Ga.) announced Friday on social media he will his senior year and join the NBA G League Ignite team.

Henderson is the first high school player to forgo his senior year to play in the G League. He won't be eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft because of age restrictions, meaning he must spend two years with the Ignite program.
The 6-foot-3 guard is the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2022 according to 247Sports. He is expected to join Jaden Hardy, Michael Foster Jr. and international prospect Fanbo Zeng on the Ignite team next season.

Henderson was a first team MaxPreps Junior All-American selection this season, averaging 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists per contest to help the Longhorns reach the Georgia AAAAAA state title game. The explosive point guard showed rapid development over the course of his high school career and has the potential to be a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

A year ago, Class of 2020 prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd selected the G League path over the traditional collegiate route.
Scoot Henderson in action during a December game against McEachern.
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Scoot Henderson in action during a December game against McEachern.

Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 OFFICIAL National Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Paige Bueckers is making high school history still — even in college. The former Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) star became the first MaxPreps National Player of the Year — male or female — to win the same award at the level as a freshman.

Bueckers became the first freshman ever to win Associated Press National Player of the Year in the women's game while leading UConn to the Final Four. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds during the regular season and has been even better in the postseason, averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in four victories.

Her Huskies play Arizona on Friday in one semifinal and the winner takes on the victor between Stanford and South Carolina.

Four previous female MaxPreps Players of the Year have gone on to win the collegiate award — Maya Moore (2007), Breanna Stewart (2012), A'ja Wilson (2014) and Sabrina Ionescu (2016) — but none in their freshman college seasons. Stewart won it as a sophomore, junior and senior at UConn.

Bueckers, who was also the MaxPreps overall 2019-20 Athlete of the Year, has a chance to win it four times.

"It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman," Bueckers told reporters Wednesday. "To get this award, I’m extremely humbled and grateful."
As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
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As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
Here are five traits Paige Bueckers had at Hopkins that made Wednesday's announcement not so surprising.  

1. She's a winner
She finished at Hopkins on a 62-game win streak. The coronavirus pandemic was the only thing holding her back from winning back-to-back unbeaten state titles. Hopkins finished No. 4 team in the 2019-20 MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings.  

2. Versatility
As a senior, the 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 21.4 points, 9.4 assists, 5.4 steals and 5.0 rebounds and finished with 1,998 career points, 487 rebounds, 563 assists and 405 steals.

3. Showmanship
The NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, including All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, often made special efforts to show up at Hopkins' games. Her future coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartfort Courant while watching Bueckers in high school: "There are kids who play basketball, and then there are basketball players. She is a basketball player. Born to be a basketball player. Everything she does. She's a natural. She just plays like 'This is my personal playground. When I get the ball, I can do whatever I want with it, and you can't stop me.' "

4. Combination of basketball IQ and competitive fire
"She sees the game two or three passes in advance," her high school coach Brian Cosgriff said. She told MaxPreps: "I always want to win. That's my main objective. Even in board games with my family, I hate losing. I always have to win."

5. Confidence
She told MaxPreps last spring: "I want to add to the (UConn) legacy. I'll have opportunities to win championships there. Everybody is saying the dynasty (at Connecticut) is over. Yeah, right. I guess we'll see."

Past MaxPreps National Girls Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
OFFICIAL/AVCA Player of the Week - OFFICIAL
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Feb. 8-14

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Kills/Game: 3.29
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About the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program:
The MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week Program is a partnership between the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and CBS MaxPreps, Inc. Each week MaxPreps and the AVCA recognize deserving student-athletes at the high school level who have demonstrated outstanding play on the court throughout the week of competition. Coaches must submit statistics to MaxPreps in order for their athletes to be considered for the program. To obtain your free access code to MaxPreps.com call (800) 329-7324 x1 or email [email protected] For more information on the AVCA, check out the AVCA website at www.avca.org
Bryce Hopkins named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Illinois High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Bryce Hopkins named 2020-21 MaxPreps Illinois High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Bryce Hopkins of Fenwick (Oak Park) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Illinois High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound senior helped the Friars go 13-3 overall and 11-1 in Chicago Catholic League play.

Hopkins averaged 24.4 points and 12.5 rebounds and three assists per contest and was named Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Signed with Kentucky, Hopkins is regarded as the No. 27 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. The versatile forward also earned offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and Wisconsin among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Bryce Hopkins is headed to play for the Kentucky Wildcats next season.
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Bryce Hopkins is headed to play for the Kentucky Wildcats next season.